All You Need To Know About Zimmer Walking Frames
Unfortunately, there are times when many of us will require a walking frame. Age can often be a reason as we get less mobile with age. However, we might also require that additional walking support because of an injury, an illness, or a disability.
There are many different styles and designs of walking frames, and when shopping around, you might notice that they are commonly referred to as Zimmer frames. Zimmer Holdings have long been a manufacturer of walking frames and other orthopaedic products, and this is why their name is now widely used within the mobility industry.
If you’re looking for walking frames for yourself or your loved one, check out the range of walkers and rollators we have for sale. When you’re in need of mobile assistance, you shouldn’t overlook the value they can have on your life, as you will be in a better position to move around more freely again. Whether you need walkers for the elderly or some other purpose besides, we can help you make the right choice.
The Purpose Of A Zimmer Walking Frame
For some people, walking from A to B can be traumatic, especially after sustaining an injury or when their bones have become weakened through age. Pain can often be a side-effect, and tiredness can quickly set in too. Thankfully, Zimmer walking frames offer the perfect solution, as Zimmer frames distribute the user’s body weight to take the weight off their legs. This results in less pain, and the user will be able to walk for longer without getting tired. Most walking frames have four rubber feet with solid rubber tips at the base to ensure there is non-slip contact with the floor, although some prefer rollators, walking frames with wheels, especially if they need bilateral support.
Considerations When Buying A Zimmer Walking Frame
Not all walking frames are made equal, so you do need to shop around to make sure you find the right Zimmer frame for you. The type of walker you choose should also be the one advised to you by your physiotherapist or occupational therapist, so follow their advice before buying. The following considerations will have to be made before purchase.
Height is one of the most important considerations you need to make when choosing a walking frame. If it is too low, you will stoop when you walk, and this will put extra strain on your back. If the walking frame is too high, you will put a strain on your arms and the frame won’t be able to transmit your body weight effectively.
Most walking frames are height adjustable, but you should still seek advice from your regular health professional, as they will take the necessary height measurements for you. When you know your height requirement, you will be able to order the correct size frame. Contact us for more advice, and we will explore your options with you.
This is another important consideration, especially where your comfort is concerned. Walking frames used in hospitals are around 25 inches wide, meaning they are wide enough for people of most shapes and sizes. However, this size can be impractical in the home environment, as door frames are often much narrower than those found in hospitals. There is also furniture to consider too, as people reliant on walking frames indoors will need to manoeuvre themselves around safely. Thankfully, Zimmer frames have been adapted for home usage, and they tend to be between 20-22 inches wide. This makes them suitable for people using them at home. Consult with your health professional on the width that is right for your needs.
Which Walker Is Right For You?
Finding the right size walking frame is important, but you might want to consider the different types of Zimmer walking frame too.
Standard Zimmer walking frames
Standard Zimmer frames have four legs and need to be picked up and moved when walking. While common, they can be problematic for those who struggle to lift the frame. There is a solution, however, as glide skis can be attached to the rear two feet of the frame and these make it easier for the user. Glide skis can also prevent wear and tear to the user’s flooring.
Forearm Zimmer walking frames
These aren’t too dissimilar to standard frames, but they have troughs on the top instead of handgrips. These transfer the user’s weight through the forearms instead of the hands, and so are particularly useful for those with a weak grip, such as arthritis sufferers.
Wheeled Zimmer walking frames
For many people, a walking frame with wheels is the better alternative to something that requires constant lifting. A walker with wheels makes it faster and easier to walk, and they come with two wheels fitted on the front in place of feet. There is still the need to lift occasionally, especially when turning corners, as the wheels on the front don’t swivel.
Folding Zimmer walking frames
Walking frames are generally quite bulky, which is a problem for users who want to store them in the back of their cars. Thankfully, foldable walking frames are available and come in a variety of designs that are suitable for easier storage.
Reciprocal Zimmer walking frames
Each side of a reciprocal walking frame operates independently of the other. This is so the user can lift and move one side of the frame at a time instead of trying to maneuver the whole thing at once. These are favoured by many as they replicate the normal pattern of walking and are they are less likely to over-exert the user.
As the name suggests, these roll on the ground thanks to the wheels that lie at the basis of each leg. Walkers with a rollator frame are often called ‘seat walkers’ and ‘four-wheel walkers’ and they are perfect for those who need extra support when walking outside.
Get In Touch
When you know what you’re looking for, get in touch with our team at Mobility Caring. We are specialists in what we do, and we have the experience and the ability to help you find the walker that is right for your personal needs.